Illium Residential College will house Sophomore Honors students come fall 2018. Illium will be a vibrant, tight-knit community of scholars who share a commitment to rigorous intellectual and academic achievement. Ilium will build upon the experience the Honors student had during their freshmen year in McCarthy. Students will engage in programs and conversations that promote innovative thinking and challenge them to explore all branches of knowledge. Students living in Ilium will have direct contact with Faculty in Residence as well as other faculty, staff, and experts across disciplines. Unique experiences in this Residential College will include connecting students to research opportunities as well as focusing on community building and the holistic development of high achieving students in their second year at USC. Ilium Residential College will create a peer network of student scholars who are successful in balancing involvement in academic and social activities.